quinta-feira, 21 de novembro de 2013

O martírio branco

"Pierre Claverie was a Dominican, the bishop of Oran in Algeria. He was martyred in 1996, just after the Trappist monks in Of gods and men. He knew that they would come for him too.
But shortly before he died he said that what really mattered was what he called ‘white martyrdom’: ‘White martyrdom, that is what one tries to live each day,
the gift of your life drop by drop in a loving look,
being with someone, a smile, caring for someone,
a work,
in all these things which make that a little of our life is shared, given, handed over.
One cannot hang on to one’s life.’
Your life is a gift to be given away.
‘This is my body, given for you.’
(...) Let’s not hang on to our lives.
If we do, we shall shrivel.
Let’s not be afraid to give them away while we can.
Jesus said: ‘Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground unperceived by your Father. Even the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.’ (Matthew 10. 29 – 31)"
Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP - Romero Lecture 2013 1 Novembro 2013

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